OWINGS MILLS - The gold cleats that Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. often wears at practice won't see the field during Sunday's season-opener at M&T Bank Stadium.
Smith loves a little flair, but if he wears the gold cleats, he fears the NFL may fine him.
"I kind of like my game checks, so I'm (not) going to (risk it)," Smith said. "They are handing out fines like they are handing out parking tickets in downtown Baltimore. I'm not doing that."
Smith said the cleats were sent to him by Under Armour and he took a liking to them.
"Beggars cant' be choosy," Smith said.
Smith admitted he will be on edge in his first game since his season-ending Achilles injury.
"I was talking to my wife on the way in (to practice), filled with emotions, trying to keep it in," Smith said. And by leaving the gold cleats in his locker, he's also trying to keep his money.
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The Ravens finally addressed their void at the wide receiver position Thursday night, selecting Oklahoma's Marquise 'Hollywood' Brown with the 25th pick, after moving back three selections following a trade with Philadelphia.
After a stellar year as the top receiving option for Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, Brown was pegged by many as the top wideout in this year’s draft. Now, Brown will be catching passes from another Heisman Trophy winner in Lamar Jackson.
The Ravens acquired the 25th selection (Brown) as well as the 127th pick (4th round) and 197th (sixth round) in the swap with Philadelphia, who selected Washington State tackle Andre Dillard at No. 22.
To say that the draft choice was well-received in Charm City would be an understatement.
Brown, the cousin of Raiders' receiver Antonio Brown, was one of just two deep threats selected in the first round of this year's draft.
For a Baltimore squad lacking depth outside, Brown will fit in quite nicely. In 13 contests for the Sooners in 2018, Hollywood reeled in 75 receptions for 1318 receiving yards and ten scores.
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The NFL Draft is highly anticipated among hundreds of NFL hopefuls anxiously waiting to hear their names called. This year, in particular, the 2019 NFL Draft will be extra special for 13-year-old Baltimore Ravens super fan Mo Gaba.
Gaba, who is blind, will be the first person in history to announce an NFL draft pick off of a card written in Braille. On Saturday, the 13-year-old will call out the Ravens’ fourth-round pick and No.123 overall.
Gaba lost his sight when he was nine months old and is battling cancer for the third time.
On Wednesday, while Gaba was calling a local radio show 98 Rock, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh dialed in on the call and surprised Gaba with an invitation to announce the pick.
“What? Really? I’ve never done that before,” Gaba said with a big smile on his face. “I would like to do that yeah.”
Harbaugh also told the 13-year-old that the Ravens will send a car to pick him and his mother up and that they’d be sure to grant him with red-carpet treatment.
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